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    Contax slr bodies, handling differences

    I have been using a 139q and I am pretty happy with it, but it is a little bit small for my hands. Since I live in the middle of nowhere it is hard for me to handle the bodies. I would like to hear from others that have used srt and 167mt. I am particularily intersted in the srt11 system.

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    I've never heard of a Contax srt11. Do you mean the RTS II?
    That is called grain. It is supposed to be there.
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    Yeah, i have some old minolta junk sitting around. I meant RTS....

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    The only Contax camera that I have used is the RTSIII. It is a heavy and big camera for a 35mm. I use one with regularity. It may be too big for what feels right in your hands. I wear size nine gloves and the camera feels good in my hands. Although almost all of my photos are taken with the camera on a tripod.
    Claire (Ms Anne Thrope is in the darkroom)

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    I use an RTS II. It is big but only because it has the motor and batteries on it. It is a beautiful camera, a product of the Porsche Design Group, although the controls are a little strangely laid out from other SLRs they fall naturally under your fingers. As far as I'm concerned, they could have just stopped designing new 35mm SLRs after that. It has everything that I want in a camera and nothing that I don't want. Of course, that is somewhat a matter of personal taste. The only thing I might add is interchangable viewfinders. The big problem for them is that they haven't been made for some time and with Kyocerra dumping Contax, things ain't gonna get better as far as keeping them running .

    The 167 is a more modern design, all plastic and LCDs. Ick. I dont want a 35mm camera without a thumb advance lever on it or that turns into a doorstop when the batteries die.

    You already know that the Zeiss glass is wicked. I'll use that on any body that will mount it. Even Yashicas
    That is called grain. It is supposed to be there.
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    The Aria is excellent.

    The whole batteries / no batteries thing is kind of passe, isn't it ?

    How often do you lose a camera because you don't have batteries ?

    How often can you find somebody who actually knows how to repair a mechanical camera ?

    Especially ANY KYOCERA Contax ?
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    and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision"

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    Quote Originally Posted by df cardwell
    The Aria is excellent.

    The whole batteries / no batteries thing is kind of passe, isn't it ?

    How often do you lose a camera because you don't have batteries ?

    How often can you find somebody who actually knows how to repair a mechanical camera ?

    Especially ANY KYOCERA Contax ?
    I gotta agree with df on this one. I have the Aria and it is wonderful to work with, and I have the AX which sits in cabinet waiting for me to figure out who can repair it...

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    Did you try kyocera? I bought 139 parts from them a few years ago. I think they offered a "service to spec" deal of some sort. Of course that might be gone now...

    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce (Camclicker)
    I gotta agree with df on this one. I have the Aria and it is wonderful to work with, and I have the AX which sits in cabinet waiting for me to figure out who can repair it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by df cardwell
    The whole batteries / no batteries thing is kind of passe, isn't it ?
    As I said it its just a matter of personal taste. Some are saying the same about film

    Quote Originally Posted by df cardwell
    How often do you lose a camera because you don't have batteries ?
    Never. All of my battery sucking, auto-everything bodies are long dead. Only my ancient mechanical Nikon, Leica and my Contax S2 still operate with absolute dependability. I decided, "Why carry a mechanical as a backup for when your expensive electro-gizmo fails? Save the weight and just carry the mechanical. No one will know when they see the photographs."

    Quote Originally Posted by df cardwell
    How often can you find somebody who actually knows how to repair a mechanical camera ?
    I'm betting long after discontinued proprietary chips and ribbon circuits for specific cameras become impossible to locate.
    That is called grain. It is supposed to be there.
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    I have a 167MT which I use for aerial work. It is very well designed for that, being light, self loading and unloading and having a fast built in winder with a very useful auto bracketing feature and good metering. It has less mirror shock than any SLR I have ever used and wonderful glass. However, it is also noisy and I find I don't use it at all on the ground.

    David.

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